• 9 months ago

    Need advice for resetting my sleep cycle

    I have always had a love-hate relationship with sleep. I tend to get a full eight hours of sleep most nights, but every once in a while, I go through bouts of extreme anxiety about sleep, to the point where I dread the thought of having to go to bed at night. For the past two weeks, I have been sleeping from 4am to noon. This has worked since I have been off work, but it is mostly a product of an inability to fall asleep until 4am than personal choice. Last night, things got worse, and I wasn't able to doze off until after 6am. I would like advice with dealing with the anxiety that comes with an inability to fall asleep. Often, when I try to sleep but know I won't be able to, my mind becomes kind of dazed and filled with half-thoughts that make me further anxious and make it even harder to go to sleep. I've tried guided meditations and to distract myself and that has worked somewhat. I have never taken any sleep aids except melatonin for jet lag in the past.

    I am hoping to be able to reset my sleep cycle to something more manageable (1am to 9am would be my ideal). I am thinking of taking melatonin tonight at around midnight to help me get there. I can't bear the thought of lying in bed half-dazed and anxious again. I would appreciate advice on how I might resolve this issue.